Clinical Care Providers

Child in Therapy with Adult | Duke Autism

We are committed to an interdisciplinary approach to treatment and care and opened an interdisciplinary autism clinic in the Summer of 2015. The list of Duke autism care providers shown below is not comprehensive. Clinicians at the Center collaborate with a wide range of autism care providers across the Duke University Health System, providing continuity of care from screening through treatment. 


Provider Discipline Services offered
Jeffrey Baker, MD, PhD               Primary Care Pediatrics Screening, medical evaluation of ASD, family counseling, and management of medical co-morbidities. Serves patients referred by physicians in Duke Children's Primary Care
Tara Chandrasekhar, MD Child Psychiatry Psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and clinical care
Geraldine Dawson, PhD Clinical Psychology ASD diagnosis and treatment, infant-toddler risk and diagnosis, Early Start Denver Model early intervention and parent coaching
Lauren Franz, MBChB, MPH Child Psychiatry ASD diagnosis, psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and clinical care 
Nicole Heilbron, PhD Clinical Psychology Child clinical psychology, child/adolescent trauma and maltreatment, nonsuicidal self-injury, suicidality, child/adolescent mood, anxiety disorders
Joan Jasien, MD Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician Medical evaluation of children with neurodevelopmental disorders
Yong-hui Jiang, MD, PhD Medical Genetics Medical genetics, diagnosis and management of genetic syndromes, including metabolic conditions
Cynthia D. Jones, MS, LPC Counseling Adults with ASD, family counseling
Ave M. Lachiewicz, MD Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Behavioral assessment and medical treatment of ASD and fragile X syndrome
Jill Lorenzi, PhD Clinical Psychology ASD diagnosis and treatment, infant-toddler risk and diagnosis, Early Start Denver Model early intervention
Allyn McConkie-Rosell, PhD Medical Genetics Genetic counseling
Linmarie Sikich, MD Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Psychiatric evaluation, medication management, clinical care, ASD diagnosis
Gail Spiridigliozzi, PhD Clinical Psychology Psychological assessment of ASD, psycho-educational evaluation
Purnima Valdez, MD Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Evaluation and management of ASD and developmental behavioral disorders
Nancy Zucker, PhD Clinical Psychology Eating /feeding disorder assessment and intervention
Neurology services  Pediatric Neurology  Epilepsy assessment and treatment, metabolic treatment for epilepsy, headache assessment and treatment, Neurofibromatosis Clinic, Neurometabolic Clinic, Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Clinic, pediatric sleep disorders, autoimmune encephalitis, adult neurodevelopmental disorders

Occupational and physical therapy services

Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapy

Treatment for gross motor development, fine motor development, balance and coordination, strength and endurance, joint mobility, breathing and airway clearance, eating or feeding, activities of daily living, perceptual skills, cognitive processing/attention, sensory processing/integration
Speech-language services Pediatric Speech Pathology Assessment and intervention for communication and feeding disorders for individuals with ASD across the lifespan


As part of our commitment to training up the next generation of care providers, we also have a number of residents, fellows, post-docs, and clinical practicum trainees. For more information about our training opportunities, please visit the Training and Education portion of our site.


Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development Postdoctoral Fellows
Latasha Woods, PhD


Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development Interns, Externs, and Fellows

Salma Baig

UNC School Psychology
Catherine Burrows Duke Psychology Intern
Mian-Li Ong UNC Clinical Psychology

Melissa McWilliams

UNC School Psychology
Kathryn Miller UNC School Psychology

Adrienne Romer

Duke Clinical Psychology

Ariel Washington

UNC School Psychology